This year Eric's Name day is on 18th May 2017
Saint Eric, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Eric has the following symbols associated
- Three crowns and a banner
- A fountain
Historically Famous Erics
Eric IX became King of Sweden in 1150. He was a very pious, good, Christian man and systematically set about ensuring that not only his own subjects but also the neighbouring heathen Finns became Christians too. He codified Swedish law, and built the first Swedish cathedral in Uppsala. He also defended his country against Finnish attack. Unfortunately, he was murdered in 1161 by a band of Danes, abetted by some of his own treacherous countrymen.